KINGSPORT -The stage is set. All season long Dobyns-Bennett and rival Science Hill have been on a downhill course towards an expected showdown of unbeatens next week.
Friday night, both completed their preliminaries with big conference wins to set table for what should be the most anticipated area game in recent memory.
At J. Fred Johnson Stadium, Dobyns-Bennett scored on its first play from scrimmage and on each of its first five possessions before settling into cruise control halfway through the second quarter on their way to a 43-0 win over visiting Volunteer.
Devaun Swafford went 53 yards on play number one and Malik Foreman scored three first-half touchdowns for the Indians.
Swafford carried only twice more in the contest but did have a scintillating 32-yard punt return to set up a Tribe score.
"We had our minds on this game," said a sheepish Swafford.
"But next week...yeah, we'll be ready. Now we can think about it. It's my favorite game of the year."Foreman carried on six times, picking up 66 yards in the process. He scored on dashes of five, 13 and 22 yards.
"We focus on one game at a time," said Foreman. "We just came in and kept our heads on straight."Seth Barger added 43 yards on ten attempts while fullback Zach Casey hauled the pig eight times for 42 yards. Both scored on short runs.
Volunteer's game plan of slow-break football was effective in its design. The Falcons routinely lingered in the huddle hoping to shorten the game. Volunteer managed 104 yards of total offense, with well over half coming on a Sam Barton run late in the game.
As a result, Dobyns-Bennett just did surpass its lowest point total of the season and its 282 total yards were by far its lowest output of the season.
Outside of Barton's run, most of the Falcon offense came courtesy of 300-pound offensive lineman turned fullback Hunter Lawson. Misdirection and delays usually resulted in a tackle for loss by the Volunteer defense.
"They've got some tremendous athletes and speed," said Volunteer head coach Scott Rider of the Indians. "We created some creases in the running game, but they can run and close the gaps."
The loss drops Volunteer to 2-4 in the Big 8 Conference and 3-6 overall. The Indians moved to 7-0 inside league play and 9-0 overall.
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